Fear Familiar #1

April 10, 2017
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Fear Familiar

FAMILIAR, Black Cat Detective, RETURNS! Only .99 cents

Back in 1990 I wrote a romantic mystery about a savvy black cat, Familiar. He had escaped from a research facility and was taken in by a young woman, Eleanor. But Familiar, who saw himself as something of a Humphrey Bogart character, had a dark secret—one that put Eleanor and veterinarian Peter Curry in grave danger.

At the time, I was writing as Caroline Burnes for Harlequin Intrigue. Tahti Carter, my fabulous editor, suggested I make Familiar a series. And I wrote 17 Familiar stories. I’ve had some of the titles returned to me and I’m reissuing them, beginning with the very first, FEAR FAMILIAR, followed by TOO FAMILIAR in May, and THRICE FAMILIAR in June.

But in July—I’m launching a new series. Trouble, son of Familiar. And I have some big, big surprises in store for the many readers who have constantly requested the return of the black cat. Exciting!

So refresh your memory about Familiar at this special price—or join in the fun for the first time. The black cat detective is back!


When Eleanor Duncan rescues the unusual black cat from a university parking lot, she suspects he has run through at least eight of his lives. But it’s his ninth, and potentially last, that concerns her most. Alarming events appear to have followed him into her life. Eleanor is assaulted by a stranger and interrogated by the CIA. More terrifying is her husband’s seeming return from the dead.

A trip to veterinarian Peter Curry reveals an even deeper secret. Familiar is an escaped research animal. The secret he carries opens the door to conspiracy, danger, and romance. Peter and Eleanor are determined to save the black cat’s life and prevent his return to the lab. Their decision to help Familiar turns their world upside down—and begins the saga of Familiar, the black cat detective.